Category Archives: Writing Blog

Picture Book: Friends for Freedom by Suzanne Slade, Illustrated by Nicole Tadgell

Friends for Freedom by Suzanne Slade, Illustrated by Nicole Tadgell (For those of you budding artists out there: last week on the blog, the illustrator shared some of her early sketches for this book, so be sure to check out that … Continue reading






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Guest Post: Nicole Tadgell, Illustrator of FRIENDS FOR FREEDOM

Friends for Freedom: The Story of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass by Suzanne Slade, Illustrated by Nicole Tadgell This week on the blog, I am excited to have my very first illustrator guest post from the award-winning and prolific illustrator Nicole … Continue reading






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3 Questions for Donna Gephart, Sydney Taylor Honor Winner for DEATH BY TOILET PAPER

Death by Toilet Paper by Donna Gephart This week on the blog, I am honored to take part in the 2015 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour. As part of this blog tour, I had the opportunity to interview Donna Gephart, … Continue reading






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YA Book to Look Out For: MATERIAL GIRLS by Elaine Dimopoulos

Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos Hi all! This week I wanted to plug a book by one of my very good friends, Elaine Dimopoulos. Elaine and I are writing buddies, which means once a week, every week we sit at … Continue reading






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Multicultural Children’s Book Day Blog Post and Book Review

I am excited to take part in this year’s Multicultural Children’s Book Day! The MCCBD team have asked me to include a ton of great information in this blog post (including info about a book drive with First Book) so (deep breath) … Continue reading






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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Gossip File by Anna Staniszewski

Happy 2015 from Monkey Poop! For my very first blog post this year, I’m excited to have a Q&A guest post from Anna Staniszewski, author of the The Gossip File (Book 3 in the super fun Dirt Diary series). This post is … Continue reading






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The Best Books I Read This Year (2014 edition)

This has been a great year for kid’s books and as usual I was completely conflicted about which books to choose! I’m at the point in my writing career where I’ve met some very spectacular published authors, soon-to-be authors, as … Continue reading






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Minorities in Publishing podcast

Minorities in Publishing is a brand new podcast featuring interviews with publishing professionals. I’m making it sound formal and boring, but it’s wonderful and inspiring and funny and I really, really love it so far. I particularly loved their interview this … Continue reading






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Willow by Tonya Cherie Hegamin

Willow by Tonya Cherie Hegamin Fifteen-year-old Willow is a resourceful, intelligent young girl who spends her days reading, writing, and taking care of her horse Mayapple. But unfortunately, Willow lives in 1848 Maryland. And Willow is a slave. Though Willow’s life … Continue reading






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Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor I can’t believe it took me so long to read Nnedi Okorafor! I can see why everyone raves about her whenever talking about diverse SFF done right. Akata Witch is about a twelve-year old girl named … Continue reading






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